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Fortunately, if you're going to make your own movie, it doesn't make one bit of difference how your screenplay is formatted. Format it however you like, just so your actors can read it. ·Location. You'll have to fgure out where you're going to shoot each scene--and get permission to shoot there. Does the restaurant owner know, for example, that you'll be bringing in lights and sound equipment? Tip: Instead of traveling to a special location for shooting, you can often save money and hassle by turning your own backyard or living room into a set. Just a few key props and set dressings may be enough to suggest, for example, an offce, jungle, or police station--especially if it's preceded, in your movie, by an establishing shot showing your characters going into such a building. Actual Scripted Films ·Preproduction. Before shooting, make "shopping lists." Go through the script and make lists of which actors are in which scenes, what clothes and props they'll need for those scenes, and so on. Preproduction, the planning phase, is where a production is set up to succeed or fail. You should also make a written list of the shots that you want to get, so that when everyone arrives on the set and all hell breaks loose, you won't forget any critical shots. Lists prevent memory blocks. ·Actors. Who's going to star in your movie? You can get friends to do it, of course. You can recruit people from acting classes, colleges, or theaters in your area. They'll probably be delighted to participate, in exchange for nothing but the experience, good treatment, and good food. (You'd be surprised how important the food is.) Or you can get professional actors, with the help of a talent agency. You choose them by holding an audition, and you pay for their participation. ·Editing. After you've shot the various scenes of your movie--which, of course, you don't have to do in sequence--you'll assemble the flm in iMovie. This is where you decide how long each shot should take, which camera angle to use, which take to use (which of several versions of the scene you've shot), and so on. In the real flm world, this editing phase, called postproduction, often takes longer than the actual flming. Incredible magic takes place in the cutting room; the flm editor alone can make or break the feeling, mood, and impact of the movie. You can read more about editing tricks in Chapter 10. If you've never made an actual movie before, start small. Make a short (a brief movie), which, in the age of independent flms, is becoming an increasingly popular format. (In March 2000, Woody Allen made a six-minute movie to protest the construction of a skyscraper in a beloved area of Manhattan.) Starting with a short flm is a great idea not just because it prevents you from biting off more than you can chew, but also because the average Mac's hard drive can't hold more than about 60 minutes of raw footage at a time. chapter3:specialeventflming 81